July 2005 - Posts

Getting your life sorted

Where do I start? Before I can get going on 'the experiment', I have some organizing to do. (A photo of my work area would tell you everything you need to know, but for now I have no clue how to get pictures into Community Server). There are 401k rollovers, COBRA health insurance, stock options to sell (barely worth the electronic paper they are written on these days sadly) and much more - quitting a job in corporate America these days is  more paperwork than staying. I also have 4 boxes of stuff that cluttered up my office. My girlfriend does not see the uniqueness of most of it so once sorted the local goodwill store will be getting a delivery.

I am taking July pretty easy - mostly to deal with the transition stuff but also to have some fun. Code camp Portland is this weekend so I need to get the presentation and samples ready for that. Then next week is Microsoft meltdown and once that is over I can start coding again.

TheZBuffer has also been suffering from a lack of updates, but I'm just about to upload a bunch of entries that should see you though the next 10 days or so.

Missing In Action

I had no idea I was so important. I've had several emails asking if I'm still alive since the blog postings have stopped. I'm taking a week off after quitting and will be posting in a couple of days.


Farewell Bill

I have a little over an hour here in the office - yes its my last day at Microsoft. Many people over that last week have told me they thought I was 'a lifer' and to be honest until 6 weeks ago I did too. Once you get a spark of an idea like this in your head, and you convince yourself that its actually something that is physically and financially possible its hard to go back. I probably wouldn't have been much of an employee going forward thinking 'what if' all the time.

I'm a big MS proponent, always have been even before I worked here and probably always will be. For me working here was like a rocket scientist getting a job at NASA, or a musician playing in the London Philharmonic - no matter what the few bad things are, you know that you have worked at a place that is simply the best in its domain. Is it perfect? Guess what - no its not. But I'm still very happy I got the chance. Maybe I will be back in 12 months - keep my seat warm.

I will be relaxing for a few weeks enjoying whatever summer we get in Seattle, then I'm speaking at Portland Code Camp at the end of the month, then I will be attending Microsoft Meltdown and then "the experiment" will be into full speed.

Also, thanks to all those who sent kind words. Send the blog to all your friends.....

Steve Jobs told me to do it

From Dave Glover and a few others, and confirmed as true by Snopes, anyone considering quitting their job like I have now has the perfect justification.

Read Steve's commencement address to Stanford University Students.

....So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

....Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle.

....Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

...Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

I'm not prepared to sleep on peoples floors and return coke bottles for the deposits but I do realise that time is horribly limited even if I do intend to live forever, or at the very least get woken up 3000 year in the future. So thanks for the inspiration Steve, and since its your fault I'm hoping there's a job as janitor available at Pixar in 12 months - I will happily sleep on your floor anytime.

Inspiration night

Well it sounds a little girlie (sorry girls), but tonight is inspiration night at Zman's house. There's a small group of wannabe gamers that met doing a game development class at the University of Washington a couple of years ago. We've met on and off over the years but other than Marshall we've really achieved very little other than getting to know each other. Since I knew I was about to get a lot more time to write games and as a group we realised nothing was happening we're trying to come up with something simple that we can do as a group in a short period of time. Hence inspiration night.

We're going to drink some beer (or non alcoholic beverage of your choice) grill some burgers and download a few of the indie games from the last year from IGF and Digipen.




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